computer science


Free Microsoft Software!

As a Computer Science Department member (faculty member or student taking papers at 300-level or higher) you will be able to get some free Microsoft Software through the MSDN Academic Alliance. You can install this on your own computer and do not need to remove it when you finish studying.

If you are using one of our departmental computers, you should use our internal server to download the files as this will keep network charges for both you and the department to a minimum. If you are downloading the product images from a computer outside the department, you will have to get the software over the internet (links are provided elsewhere) as access to our server is restricted to connections from certain specified ip-addresses only.

The software currently available is:
  • Windows 10 Professional/Education
  • Windows 8.1 Professional
  • Windows 7 Professional (with SP1)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  • Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate/Premium/Pro
  • Visual Studio Enterprise/Community 2015
  • SQL Server 2012
  • Access 2013 and 2016
  • OneNote 2013
  • Project Professional 2013 and 2016
  • Visio Professional 2013 and 2016

There are three stages to getting this software:

  • Read the guidelines on usage of the software obtained through MSDNAA which may be found here. You will need to agree to these when using ELMS.
  • Obtain a licence code for each product - login in to the MSDNAA ELMS website here with your departmental user credentials, ie. those you use to login to our departmental computers. Instructions on how to login to, and navigate your way through, the site are available here.
  • Create your own install CDs/DVDs. Use the instructions given here, to burn a CD/DVD after you have obtained the image files for the products you want - either by accessing the locally-hosted image files or downloading them from the ELMS website (if you are not using a departmental computer).

If you have any questions or problems, please check our FAQ page to see if the information there will help you. If you cannot find an answer or solution there, then please send an e-mail with your query to the MSDNAA administrator.